Thursday, September 17, 2015

It's Thursday September 17, 2015

NUMBER 42

Thursday, 
September 17, 2015

'On the third day, Joseph said, “Do this and you will live, for I fear God.' Genesis 42:18
Joseph's testimony that he was someone who feared God should have reassured his brothers.  If someone truly fears God we have nothing to fear from them. They will not be a danger to us, they will not treat us unjustly. Even if they do at times seem a little harsh they will have our best interests at heart, 'Wounds from a friend can be trusted,' Proverbs 27:6.

Joseph now reverses his earlier decision (see v16) and decides to keep one brother in prison and send the other nine back to Canaan with grain for their starving households, insisting that they return with their youngest brother to prove that they are telling the truth. They are distressed. They haven't forgotten what they did to Joseph all those years earlier and how he had pleaded with them for his life and how they had ignored his pleas. They see the predicament that they are now in as justice catching up with them for what they did back then, (v22,23).


It was and still is, 3,700 years later, natural to think that there is a reason for the times of calamity that we experience, a feeling that in some way we must have deserved it. People are heard to say, 'What did I do to deserve this?' wondering where the blame for something horrible lies. Seventeen hundred years after this event we see the disciples asking  Jesus, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' (John 9:1). Sometimes we do suffer because of our foolishness, carelessness or sin, but as Jesus pointed out on that occasion, suffering is not necessarily caused because of the victim's sin or indeed the sin of his/her relatives. We only have to look at the cross to know that. 


God bless you all.              

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

True, so very true Major. Just the other day in a Bible Study Class, we were going over several of the Hebrew Testament's restrictions on who was allowed to worship in the synagogue and who wasn't. Someone stated that all the bad, prejudiced and restricted things that happened up to the advent of Christ, when salvation was extended to the whosoever, had to happen for the fulfillment of Christ to take place. I kept my mouth shut out of politeness and respect to the person who made the statement. One would have had to been there to understand the circumstance and why it was best to just be polite and smile back.

However, I disagreed with the statement. The way I see it is that sometimes life just happens for unexplainable reasons that our finite minds are never going to comprehend. Also, long before any of us got here, those before us, have, usually for expedient at the time reasons, screwed up a whole lot of stuff. That stuff and the stuff we ourselves screw up on, did not have to happen. God just works through it and in spite of it, to bring his will upon the earth. When all else fails, we can trust in God to use all things and circumstances, in his quest to redeem the world unto himself.

God Bless You too Major! As always, your articles, however long or short, have excellent insights to them, including this one! I look forward to every Thursday.

Daryl Lach
USA Central

"You Must Go Home By the Way of the Cross, To Stand With Jesus in the Morning!"

Howard Webber said...

Thank you Daryl, for both your helpful comments and your encouragement. It's not always easy to remain silent, even when we sense the Spirit wants us to,
God bless you and yours
Howard